Climate change adaptation-Panama rural livelihoods

by Fundacion Natura - Panama
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Fundación Natura conclude activities programmed for 2015, matching with funds the initiative proposed to Global Giving in Gallito Micro-watershed, the main course of action is based on the beginning of activities to implement the Conservation Plan Area (PAC) for Gallito, including funds to establish and follow 10 community farms in sensitive area for conservation and restoration purposes. Terms of reference to develop de base line for monitoring conservation objects was done, and is in progress the coordination to establish the process to desing the monitoring program for: lotic ecosystems as Gallito river (tributary of Santa María River Basin), secondary and mature forest and “titi” fish (Sycidium salvini).

PCA publication was done and is in progress to be distribute to key stakeholders in order to join efforts with other key people around the conservation of this watershed. A concept proposal was developed to raise additional funds from other sources to begin the implementation of additional activities related with climate change adaptation and agriculture in the microwatershed as part of PCA effort to be implemented.

On addition, is expected to begin environmental education work in remote communities with the objective to increase the awareness about the Jaguar, one of the most threatened species in the region because the human intervention in their ecosystem.

Fundación Natura is advancing the activities programmed for 2015, matching the initiative proposed to Global Giving project since 2012. The Gallito Micro-watershed Conservation Plan Area (PAC) began its implementation, focused on conservation objects identified to monitor threats and pressure in mid and long term, such as: lotic ecosystems as Gallito river which is tributary of Santa María River Basin, secondary and mature forest and “titi” fish (Sycidium salvini).

The project entitled "Implementation of measures for the conservation and protection of environmental goods and services in Gallito micro-watershed" follows its timeline on the field using Gallito PCA as guidance, developing and implementing management plans for 10 farms, working directly with local communities in the upper and middle sections of the watershed. The activities executed include: design, distribution and implementation of technical guidance for monitoring, accompanied with training and exchange in communities.

During this quarter, we also follows the design and edition of PCA publication and a new project preparation to call for proposals during the next quarter.

Fundación Natura committed with the sustainable development and environmental conservation, through participatory processes, advanced in activities programmed for 2014, and follows the project activities proposed in our Global Giving project since 2012. The Gallito Micro-watershed Conservation Plan Area (PAC) development was concluded. This plan is focused on one of the tributaries of Santa María Basin, and was accompanied by an environmental education project directed to increase the community knowledge about Gallito environmental goods and services. At the end of 2014, and based on this process which provide with guidelines to implement conservation strategies identified by the PCA to attend threats and conservation objects, Natura opened a new project in Gallito with the objective to begin the implementation of the PCA.

The project entitled "Implementation of measures for the conservation and protection of environmental goods and services in Gallito micro-watershed" began in the last quarter of the year, with a duration of 18 months. With this project, we started local activities on the field based on Gallito PCA, impacting in the long term 5,340 acres. During the last months, preparation activities were carried out for field implementation. This project will follows through 2015 with the development and implementation of management plans for 10 farms in the upper and middle sections of the watershed, including the design, distribution and implementation of technical guidance for monitoring, accompanied with training and exchange activities for local participants.

Fundación Natura has made progress in the implementation of all proposed activities, since the project was created in Global Giving site in 2012. During 2014 a participatory process was developed directed to build a Conservation Plan Area (PAC) in Gallito micro-watershed, one of the tributaries of Santa María Basin. This process was accompanied by an environmental education project, with the recognition of environmental goods and services in the area and local communities and key stakeholders participation. In August, these two projects were completed providing the guidelines to implement conservation strategies established in the PCA.

Last October a new project entitled "Implementation of measures for the conservation and protection of environmental goods and services in Gallito micro-watershed", which comprises 5,340 acres was granted. This project will be developed and implemented comprehensive management plans 10 farms in the upper and middle sections of the watershed and will design, distribute and implement technical guidance for monitoring those plans executed. Additionally, a training plan will be carrying out for residents, workers and families participating in the project. The whole experience will be systematize let us to share the experience developed.

Our work is permanent and committed. We continue supporting several initiatives directed to promote and contribute with the sustainable development and natural resources conservation in key watersheds, taking into account the climate change effects, which are modifying the rain cycle affecting agricultural production, access to water, exacerbating land degradation and lots of biodiversity reducing the environmental services they provide to local communities.

During 2014 Natura has follow processes in prioritized areas, such as: Panama Canal Watershed (Cirí Grande y Trinidad Subwatershed), Chiriquí Viejo and Santa María Watersheds, through our partners to develop conservation site plans in Caisan Subwatershed and environmental education actions, specifically in Caisan Microwatershed (Chiriquí Viejo), and in Gallito Mircrowatershed (Located in Bulaba, Santa María Watershed). Both processes are participatory and involve local communities and other key stakeholders, identifying and threats for ecosystems. On June, the site plans was finished and alternatives to manage and reduce some of the environmental impacts and pressures are identify and ready to begin the development of specific actions on the field. At the end of 2014, at least 2 new projects will begin in those watersheds to attend degraded soils and restoration jointly with the community.

Natura Foundation maintain its effort to support technically and financially on-going projects in sensitive areas, during the first semester we follow up 16 projects providing: maintenance for 100 hectares reforested in Santa María watershed, reforested and giving maintenance to 170 hectares in the Panama Canal Watershed, and improving life quality in rural families with the construction of 100 ecological stoves in Ciri Grande and Trinidad, Panama Canal Watershed. During this semester 4 projects are finishing.

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Fundacion Natura - Panama

Location: Panama - Panama
Website: http:/​/​www.naturapanama.org
Project Leader:
Rosa Montanez
Panama, Panama
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